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Ola Dubh by Harviestoun

Barrel Aged Porter, 8%

Meaning ‘Black Oil’ in Gaelic, Ola Dubh is created by taking Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil and maturing it in Highland Park whisky casks. The process is far from simple, but the result is a beautiful brew with complimentary whisky notes and a chocolate, roasty and bittersweet aftertaste. 


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The Story

Harviestoun (like BeerBods) was born in a shed. Its founder, Ken Brooker, had a few friends sample his beer in return for making tasting notes which he used to hone his brews.

In 1986 he cobbled together a brewery in a 200 year old barn on the Harviestoun Estate in Clackmannanshire at the foot of the Ochil Hills.  Using a mash tun that was previously used to make jam and a boiler that was originally used to dye wool, Haviestoun launched their first beer; Harviestoun Real Ale. The less than inspirational name didn’t do the beer justice. People loved it.

About 5 years later, a new, slightly less Heath Robinson-esque 10-barrel brew plant was installed. After Harviestoun’s landlord told them they wanted to turn the brewery in to houses, they moved down the road to Alva, about five miles from the original brewery, and built a totally new purpose-built 50-barrel plant.

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Stunning beers like Ptarmigan, (they picked names that English folk couldn’t pronounce on purpose), Liberation Ale and Bitter and Twisted followed, picking up awards right, left and centre. The most decorated of these beers happens to also be tonight’s BeerBods Plus offering. 

Ola Dubh, has garnered an almost cult-like following on these shores, with many a beer geek holding it firmly in their desert island beers. Meaning ‘Black Oil’ in Gaelic, Ola Dubh is created by taking Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil and maturing it in Highland Park whisky casks. The process is far from simple, but the result is a beautiful brew with complimentary whisky notes and a chocolate, roasty and bittersweet aftertaste. 

 

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